©?Opeyemi Akintunde

The question obviously didn’t need an answer. I obviously didn’t know God beyond what I have been taught in church. My knowledge of God was the general knowledge of Who God was; That He is the maker of Heaven & Earth and that He has a son named Jesus who died for our sins and through Him we have the access to eternal life…

That was basically the knowledge I had and I had been recycling this knowledge since childhood. No genuine quest to know God intimately…I couldn’t boast of knowing a lot of scriptures.

“ Adenike, you are not answering me!” My father said bringing me out of my world

“ I don’t know!”

“ You don’t know if you know God?” My father asked and I gave him no reply

“ Then you should know that you are not ready for this trip to Mororo!”

“ But God is sending me there, He asked who will go for Him?”

“ Adenike, I don’t deny that you are called, infact it is a good thing, but passion and zeal is not enough… Adenike!, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… Adenike, most of the people who have gone to Mororo were people who were passionate like you but they lacked the deep knowledge of God, hence they were destroyed!”

“ Adenike, I know I have my faults, I was carried away by the idea of having missionary churches like my other Pastor friends. You know it is always a thing of pride when we all gather at the Christian Fellowship of Nigeria and pastors boast about how many mission churches they have established. Also, having Mission churches was a way of making more money for the ministry. People donate a lot towards the mission churches, so after settling the Missionaries, the Church still has more than enough… So all of these got into me and I never bothered about the Spiritual Strength of the men I sent into the field. However, your involvement got me reevaluating myself…”

“ Father! How can I know God, other than the way you have been teaching me?”

“ Knowing God is more than going to church and listening to what others are receiving from God, You need to also receive from God. Don’t be a third party Christian!”

My father didn’t have to tell me to return my boxes to the room. I did voluntarily..

I sat on my bed for days not knowing how to start this journey of Knowing God…

My Father must have noticed how uneasy and confused I was because he came to my room one evening…

“ Adenike, do you remember your best game as a child?”

“ Hide and seek!” I replied as there was no debate about it.

“Your brothers gave you a tough time but you always had a way of outsmarting them!”

I smiled remembering my younger days with my elder brothers…

“ Whenever your brothers hide, you made sure you searched everywhere till you found them. Why don’t you play that game again?” My father said

I looked at my father very puzzled not getting his point..

“ Fortunately in this case, I will tell you where to find your subject of interest…”

“ Dad, I don’t get you, who am I playing hide and seek with?”

“ You won’t be playing Hide and Seek this time around, but Seek and Find?”

“ Daddyyyyy!” I didn’t have the patience for my father’s riddles…

“ Whoever seeks me shall find me… I believe you have been trying to know Who God is , why don’t you seek Him, search for Him and I can assure you, you will find Him?”

“ Where? Where do I find God?” I asked

Father took me by the hands and pulled me from the bed, Like a child whose father was going to show her where her brother was hiding, I followed.

My Father opened the door to a room I hardly stepped into.

My Father’s Library. It was a Large room filled with Different Translations Of Bible, Spiritual books by Spiritual Authors, Books by General Overseers, Books written by Great Men and Great Women of God, Biographies of Generals ….

“ Here you will Find Him!” Was all my father said as he left me in the room and Walked our…

How was I going to find God in over 300 books and uncountable Bibles… I kept turning round with no idea of what to do with the books.

After about 10 minutes of wondering what to do with the books… I randomly picked a book and sat on my Father’s Ancient study table…

“ God… It’s time to play Seek and Find…I am not leaving here until I find you!”

To be continued

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